Drawings That Look Like Cross-Stitching. Eric Beltz Elementary Forces.

Eric Beltz Elementary Forcesabove: Eric Beltz, Elementary Forces 6, 2013, Graphite on Bristol, 18″ x 15″

Santa Barbara-based artist Eric Beltz’ Elementary Forces is a collection of hypnotically detailed graphite drawings on Bristol that illustrate Beltz’s decade-long work inspired by his in-depth research of history, religion and symbolism. Read more

These Are Drawings? Well, Rub My Tummy and Call Me Fido.

dog drawings by laura hardie

These are not photos. That’s right, you heard me. These are drawings that had me doing a serious double-take when I first came across these hyper-realistic colored pencil illustrations by Laura Hardie. Read more

Portraits Drawn On World and Celestial Maps by Ed Fairburn


above: Windermere, Pencil on a cropped map of the English Lakes – specifically Lake Windermere.

Cardiff-based illustrator Ed Fairburn sees things in maps most of us do not. His map-based portraits combine the art of cartography with the drawing of the human face. Read more

Consider Your Mind Blown. The Phenomenally Realistic Graphite Drawings of Kelvin Okafor.

Kelvin Okafur pencil drawings
above: graphite drawing in progress by Kelvin Okafor

Kelvin Okafor describes himself as a “Passionate penciled artist. Highly interested in detail and precision.” I’d say that’s an understatement once you see the phenomenally realistic graphite drawings created by this UK Illustrator. As astounding as the finished pieces are (it’s truly difficult to discern whether or not they are photographs until you look extremely closely), the evolution of the drawings shown on his blog, and as videos on his YouTube channel, will blow your mind. Read more

The 2012 ArtPrize Winner Adonna Khare And A Close Look At Her Mural.

Art Prize Winner Adonna Khare
above: detail from ‘Elephants’, the first place winner of the 2012 ArtPrize

ArtPrize has become the world’s largest art competition by combining $560,000 in total prizes with an open call for artists, venues, and critics. This year’s first place winner, “Elephants” by Adonna Khare is an illustrated series of life sized Elephants, intertwined with a menagerie of animals. (Links to all the finalists are at the end of this post). Read more

Scott Campbell Breaks Out Of His Shell With Graphite Illustrated Ostrich Egg Interiors.

It’s no secret I’ve been a fan of Scott Campbell’s work for awhile now, having written about him numerous times. The Brooklyn-based tattoo artist has quickly became a celeb favorite and force in the art world. He’s inked Marc Jacobs (both Marc and Scott have his “Bros before Hos” tatts), created leather bags for Louis Vuitton (and drew faux tatts on the runway models with a Sharpie marker), cut up currency, burnt tortillas and is now drawing inside broken Ostrich eggs with graphite. Read more

Vintage Looking Photos Are Actually Miniature Pencil Drawings by Paul Chiappe.

Miniature Pencil drawings by Paul Chaippe

I came across Paul Chiappe’s unusual and frankly, astonishing, work while reading this wonderful 5 part series of 100 artists to watch at ArtInfo. Read more

The 100 Hour / 38 Day Skull Drawing by Jacob Dahlstrup

Illustrator Jacob Dahlstrup took 38 days and 100 hours to complete this pencil drawing of a skull made up of detailed floral and plant life. Read more